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How I Met Your Mother- Series Finale: "Last Forever"/S9E23-24

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

By Dhruv Rao


There are a lot of opinions out there on how this show should have ended. As far as I am concerned, as a critic, this ending wasn't the one we predicted, expected and hoped for. Rather, this was the ending we deserve: an ending that employs naturalism, a movement of literature- one of my favorites- extremely well. I know I often speak of naturalism on my blog, but it is a key element to any form of entertainment. The How I Met Your Mother finale wa...

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"The End Of The Aisle"/S9E22

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


 

 

The line that called the heart tonight was Robin's "Where'd you find the Locket, Ted?" It made his entire chase behind this estranged wedding gift a game of Clue which Robin somehow instantaneously won. And that's what this week's "The End Of The Aisle" talked about: the truth, and nothing but vowing to be truthful.


 

Wedding vows are often overrated: they are simple cheesy promises a groom and bride ...

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"Daisy"/"Gary Blauman"/S9E20-21

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


How I Met Your Mother's final season has been very interesting so far. Not only have the writers experimented with storytelling techniques, they've also got their entire definition of "television season" changed. For about eight years, the writers pursued a season that ran parallel to our time, thus following the convention of the television season to run from September to May. However, this season, HIMYM's run has been limited t...

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"Vesuvius"/S9E19

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


 

It's been a general trend over the past few episodes that the writers start the episode with a cute little clip of The Mother and then, on a similar note, revert to the present day. These past few cold opens have made the Mother a more intimate character, and that's what have made the "filler" plotlines seem more vivacious and significant. And I'm telling you, we will truly relish the remaining Mother moments in the series.


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"Sunrise"/"Rally"/S9E17-18

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 By Dhruv Rao


 

 

We all knew from day one that the writers wouldn't let the series get over without Ted and Robin's arc getting an elaborate closing ceremony. Their story has gone through so much over the course of eight years, and to see this novel (not chapter, because this has run for a sufficiently long time) culminating brings tears to the fans' eyes. However, in a more positive sense, this episode is as important as the previous one. ...

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100. "How Your Mother Met Me"/S9E16

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao

 EPISODE 200


How I Met Your Mother has run for a sufficiently long time for it to experiment with storytelling methods. Early on in the series, we discovered the writers' fondness to recount a story through a series of flashbacks, thus amplifying the suspense created in the episode. They've also experimented with poetic rhymes, i.e.

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"Unpause"/S9E15

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


How  I Met Your Mother has run for a sufficiently long time for it to do an episode as an homage to the old days. It's just amazing to see the writers, in this case writer (Chris Harris), give the series such a beautiful sendoff before the 200th episode next week. Last week didn't have a great response from many fans and outside viewers, but this HIMYM will be installed in the series as a mural, much like some stellar episodes refe...

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"Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment In Slapmarra"/S9E14

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


A running gag is more than just a joke on a sitcom. It's a tradition which both parties thoroughly enjoy. On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon's need for constancy and proprietary in his life is a mural, thus without his character, the show wouldn't be a success. In the case of How I Met Your Mother, many things account for its success. Firstly, the characters' lines have been naturally written with an overall acceptable diction. Running gags on...

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"Bass Player Wanted"/S9E13

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


The beauty of friendship can never be taken lightly. It serves as the central theme of movies, TV shows, literary works and also some very important conversations that you might have (had) in your life. When it comes to friendship, nothing changes although your circumstances may completely change. HIMYM has been one of the shows, like Friends, which has centered its main ideas around a group of friends whose lives are a delicate ...

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"The Rehearsal Dinner"/S9E12

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


I had never expected that HIMYM could pull off better tricks than "The Robin" and "The Bro Mitzvah". I guess we undermined Carter and Craig, who have always fully used their talented task including the magician Neil Patrick Harris. It was amazing to see Barney acknowledge his Canadian lineage for a night just to make Robin happy, but it is striking that the writers would give up their breakout character's characteristics in the show's final ru...

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"Bedtime Stories"/S9E11

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


When I was a little baby in mommy and daddy's hands, my parents struggled to put me to bed. They would sing, dance or even read random stories to me. It goes without saying that tonight's episode of HIMYM talked about this very phenomenon. I remember the initial reactions to the YouTube promo posted a few weeks ago. Some People kept on cursing Carter and Craig while other squealed "Cute!" for the somewhat average episode.


I didn't regret...

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"Mom And Dad"/S9E10

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


It's never playing ball with HIMYM. Ever since 2009, an episode has meant more than just sitting on your couch and laughing as the writers smoothly glide you through a fresh story. It has meant complexity, i.e. how much continuity has to be put in the show for it to run. And that's when the not-so-thinking people tend to create a fuss. They're not fans, but they intend on watching every single episode and criticise it. However, this pressure has ne...

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"Platonish"/S9E9

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


From the title of the episode, which is derived from the word platonic, one could imagine Ted and Robin's long-term relationship. This episode gave a lot more background information to Barney's best play last year in The Final Page and also how he met the mother. What? Did HIMYM just include two whole episodes with the mother in both? Well, it seems to be the case here...


At first, the episode seemed pointl...

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"The Lighthouse"/S9E8

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Ever since the end of season 7, our sympathy for Ted's romantic concerns disintegrated. We felt the dating game was a waste of time on the show, and people began to complain about the content of the show. This wasn't the case with this week's stellar performance from HIMYM. It not only resolved the Robin-Loretta crisis, but it also gave us some Mother-related action after quite a lot of complaints from the fans.


I was patient, and this ...

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"No Questions Asked"/S9E7

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


I have a theory that Halloween-themed episodes never go on the right track; they seem to endlessly shove scary "stuff" in your face without any plot progression. So, the promo of this week's episode did irritate me as I am never a fan of holiday-themed episodes. However, HIMYM pulled it off well as the plot which was the most stressful had just escalated in a minute. 


Last week, Marshall was forced to break the news to L...

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"Knight Vision"/S9E6

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


 

In relation to what Donna Bowman had said about weddings having hook-ups as a primary concern for single people, I would say that is it weird that people until recently had receptions without alcohol in small basements? I mean, does it imply that single people strive for some action? Think about it, and then think about the following practice at these weekends: once you've been paired up, you don't get a second chance. It sounds a bit unfair ...

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"The Poker Game"/S9E5

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


It's a known fact that before a wedding, the bride goes through a stress phase. Her mind explodes due to everpresent jitters trying to eat her alive. One of these jitters is trying to get along with the new in-laws. Your husband may love you more than his own life, but when it comes to the in-laws, they will test you a hundred times before their approval comes in. This time, Robin doesn't get pressurized; she simply gets rid of what annoys her. James is t...

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"The Broken Code"/S9E4

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


Friendship is an odd phenomenon. We see people making new friends, losing old friends and also being stagnant with their friends' cardinality. However, it would evidently hurt when a friend hurts you because not only are they as close to you as family but you also trusted them. The exact theory would apply to the A-plot for tonight. Ted hurt Barney, so Barney reciprocated. And thus, and enitre chain of short scenes and semi-funny comedy trifled one of the...

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"Last Time In New York"/S9E3

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


How many of you have a bucket list? It is something extremely poignant when your mind signals that it's time to leave. Ted's leaving to Chicago, and we all know that this bombshell might even ruin their friendship. However, maybe the episode's cliff-hanger could either: Barney saw Ted and Robin at the carousel. And that's where I want to take a...

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"The Locket"/"Coming Back"/S9E1-2

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Dhruv Rao


There's something efficacious about having a fat wedding in some romantic inn or hotel. However, on television, every single wedding is presented like this: everyone's taking some mode of transport to reach to a common destination, which could well be a resort. Therefore, single people are generally lonely at weddings, which make them try and get their life together as fast as they can. So, now you can understand Ted's vow of coming back to the inn with t...

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